Monthly Archives: June 2012

Frustration

I said I’d post my progress on pattern #4. Huh – everything went along fine until I around row 10 or so. Now this pattern was from a very well known source, so I figured I was safe to knit. Nope. My first lace row was off. I counted and counted again. Then frogged and knitted again. To no good end. I finally counted the stitches in the last row before the lace row and discovered the pattern was 4 stitches off. Not me (for once) it was the pattern.

*Extremely heavy sigh….* Is this some cosmic sign that I should not be making this shawl??? Does anyone have a fail safe, error free shawl pattern – not to hard, not to simple????

Now I am determined to find a pattern that I both like and will work. Downloaded 4 this afternoon and one of them better be OTN and working out correctly by tomorrow evening after work. It has been a week. I should be at least 1/2 done.

Maybe this is a test of my patience. If so I am losing the battle!

More tomorrow.

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Indecision

For the last 4 weeks I have been busy as a bee crocheting baby blankets. The first was talked up in my Triage post. I have been so busy making this one and the other three – one for my daughter-in-law’s friend, 2 for a grandma to be at work for her anticipated twin baby grandsons.

I like to crochet, but I LOVE to knit. I’ve been thinking about getting a new knitting project in my hands the whole time I worked on these 4 blankets. Should I start the last pair of socks I have to knit this year to win a bet with a friend of mine? (She bet I wouldn’t use the yarn I bought for socks – despite the large number of balls of sock yarn I have languishing in my stash closet. So the bet was made that I would/wouldn’t make 3 pr this year. Two down, one to go.)

Should I start the hat I am making myself out of the yummy baby alpaca I bought on vacation last May? Or maybe whip up the tea cozy I want to finish before the move at work in the fall? Wait! Maybe I better get moving on the Master Knitter’s Program that I have procrastinated instead of produced.

So many patterns, such a huge stash and so little time..

Ok, settled on a shawl for my girlfriend’s bday. I chose the yarn – a warm umber tonal from Knit Picks. So far, so good. Now for the pattern. I found one that I loved the look of, but the pattern itself was very poorly written. I didn’t trust it to be correct. That is alot of  work to get to the lace trim on a triangle shawl and find out the pattern is jacked up. So, plan B – just use the pattern I really liked that I made for my girlfriend Jeanne. I frogged the 15 or so rows of first choice and started second choice. Not smart on my part – beginning at work while everyone is chatting at lunch. Got off on my count and frogged it after 10 rows. My heart just wasn’t in it.

Let’s begin 3rd choice – nope, still not happy. What is my problem? I am enjoying the knitting process, but NOT happy with the patterns I am finding. Sooooooooo on to pattern 4. I think I am happy now. I’ll report back on progress tomorrow after work. Perhaps I’ll even have a picture  – hopefully not a pair of empty needles!

Meantime, here are the baby blankets. 🙂 

Donita’s baby blanket

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